Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Large screen
Screen size
3.5"
Really small
Size
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.2
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Macro focus
Great macro
3 cm

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
99x55x20 mm vs 103x55x24 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
142 g vs 177 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX700

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.2 vs f/2.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX700's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1300s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DMC-FX78f/2.5
              DMC-FX700f/2.2
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-FX7899x55x20 mm
              DMC-FX700103x55x24 mm
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

              Compact

              $658

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $128

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $112 - $220

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Samsung WB800F

              Samsung WB800F

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $146

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $405 - $428

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS12

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS12

              Compact

              $119

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Samsung ST95

              Samsung ST95

              Ultra compact

              $189

              Size Significantly smaller
              Weight Significantly lighter
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Samsung DV150F

              Samsung DV150F

              Ultra compact

              $143

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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